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August 23 2014

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11 posts tagged "Honor"

DVF and Andrew Rosen Rally for the MePa

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FNO may be a thing of the past, but Diane von Furstenberg and Theory’s Andrew Rosen have appropriated the shop-till-you-drop evening fund-raising technique for their own philanthropic purposes. On March 18, the pair will host the first annual Open Market—an event that will bring music (DJ sets from the Misshapes, Nancy, JD Samson), food, cocktails, and fashion (sample sales from Alice + Olivia, Helmut Lang, Honor, Theory, DVF herself, and more) together to benefit the Meatpacking District Improvement Association. Set under one roof at the Highline Stages, the fund-raiser will be a “visual homage” to the vintage MePa days. We hope they don’t take the theme too literally, though.





To purchase tickets, visit meatpackingopenmarket.eventbrite.com. All ticket proceeds will go to the MPIA.

Photo: BFAnyc.com

The Split-Second Preview: Honor

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As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.


WHO: Honor, designed by Giovanna Randall

WHERE: New York, NY

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13

WHAT: “It started with the idea of a coat that would make me smile even on the darkest day in winter.” — Giovanna Randall. The designer sent us a snapshot of her inspiration board and studio, above.

Honor’s Green Thumb

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Honor’s Giovanna Randall cited the relationship between the natural world and the synthetic one as the inspiration behind her Spring ’13 collection. Both realms are well represented in the brand’s Spring film—an eerie short set on the roof of New York’s Empire Hotel. Directed by Ry Russo-Young, styled by Leith Clark, and starring model Codie Young, the film watches its heroine and an ethereal little girl named Olympia (who happens to be the daughter of Honor’s store designers, Jesse James and Gus Anagnopoulos) as their surroundings transform from a barren rooftop into a lush urban garden. “When I was designing Spring ’13, I kept thinking about the transition from bones and concrete to life, fertility, and vegetation—the balance between fragility and strength,” said Randall, who added that working on the project was “kind of magical.” Watch Honor’s feminine spring wares bloom in the new film, which debuts exclusively on Style.com (above).

Made of Honor

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Giovanna Randall went into labor with her first child the day she presented her debut Resort collection for Honor. That, if anything, is a testament to the designer’s hardworking nature. Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s midcentury pop art, Randall layered a custom horizon print over gradated polka dots and showed the graphic combination on the lineup’s standout piece: a cotton organza spaghetti-strap shift with a translucent overlay that appeared to float over the body (pictured). It particularly stood out in the Kate Young-styled lookbook, themed “the Honor woman takes a staycation,” shot in the lush Carroll Gardens backyard of Randall’s personal interior designer, Fawn Galli. Staying true to form, the designer focused her attention on the rich, high-quality fabrics she was working with. A knife-pleat, A-line skirt in a creamy shade of key lime was cut from a coated silk so substantial, the skirt actually stood up on its own when placed on the studio floor. Referencing her quirky Lichtenstein-esque pattern and subtle tailoring details like laser-cut illusion double collars, Randall told Style.com, “These clothes are a reminder that both beauty and oddity surround us at every turn.”

Photo: Courtesy of Honor

Honor Roll

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Since debuting Honor about two years ago, designer Giovanna Randall has cultivated her feminine label as meticulously as an orchid. Case in point: In an unusual business move, Randall opened up a standalone boutique in the Meatpacking District (after just two seasons under her belt), where her designs have sold exclusively until now. By keeping things small-scale, she has been able to develop Honor’s identity without yielding to the demands of retailers. This has allowed her to fine-tune the production process—using top-notch fabrics like substantial crepe, python-stamped silk, and delicate tulle from Europe, while constructing everything locally in New York—before going big.

This attention to detail is evident in Honor’s cleverly crafted clothing, which is favored by cool girls like George Clooney’s The Descendants co-star Shailene Woodley, who turned up at a recent Hunger Games premiere in an Art Deco, floral-print silk maxi dress from Fall. (According to Randall, her new collection tells the love story of a preppy college guy who meets an Argentinian ingenue while studying abroad, and reflects the merging of their two worlds.) Eveningwear looks have emerged as a calling card, perhaps because of the brand’s increasing celebrity fans—Woodley and Alexa Chung sat front-row at the latest runway show. But Honor also excels with everyday pieces, including flirty frocks and tailored shorts suits, not to mention noteworthy accessories like sharp briefcases and suede platform pumps from a collaboration with Tabitha Simmons.

Today, the label launches the e-commerce component of its Web site—standard operating procedure for most lines. But what’s noteworthy here is that customers can place special orders for pieces that were never produced from past seasons, indicating Randall’s bespoke approach to design. So, for example, Honor will custom-make one of its editorially appealing yet less practical petticoats that appeared in the Spring collection. Here, check out the label’s new Spring ad campaign, styled by Kate Young (who, last week, was crowned as Hollywood’s top stylist), debuting exclusively on Style.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Honor